Volume Issue

					Guide
Review Current Technology Practices
and Trends




Applying Technology to Teaching and Learning is a set of guides to help you select and integrate technology into teaching and learning. The guides will help you
clearly explain what you want to do, why it will make a difference to learning, and how it can be done successfully. So, when you need to present your project for
approval, you will be ready with the answers. You can access the guides online from the ELI Discovery Tools page at www.educause.edu/ELIDiscoveryTools/10564.

ELI Discovery Tools are practical resources designed to support the development and implementation of teaching, learning, and technology projects or processes on
campus. They are available to full ELI members only.

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What will you accomplish by using this guide?
The following listing of publications, groups, and Web sites will familiarize you with the current technology landscape in higher education and
beyond. Table 1 below will help you identify and keep track of the viable examples and models you find.
As you review these resources, you will want to look for:
   Examples from higher education of technologies used to promote outcomes similar to the ones you are seeking, noting common features,
    practices, and problems.
   Uses of technology outside higher education that could support your desired learning outcomes, noting their potential advantages and
    disadvantages.


Why is it important?
It will help you discover current technology options and practices you might consider. The information you gather here will also be useful if you
decide to more formally define your options using Guide 4: Clarify a Technology’s Teaching and Learning Value. Also, this record will allow you to
answer questions from senior administrators and others that will arise when you start looking for support, such as:
   Has this been done successfully elsewhere?
   What can we learn from others’ experience to achieve success at our institution?
   What issues did others have to overcome to successfully integrate a given technology into teaching and learning?


Who should be involved?
This step does not require the involvement of others. However, asking a couple of colleagues to join you in looking for options or to give you
feedback on your findings may provide early validation for your thinking. It will also give you a chance to build a shared understanding with them
that may increase their willingness to support your efforts. If you used Guide 1: Identify the Learning Outcomes You Want to Achieve and took the
suggestion of identifying stakeholders to help you with that process, that group provides a natural source of colleagues you might also engage in
this activity.

Tip: Round out your survey of technology practices and trends by reviewing what faculty, staff, and students are doing on your own campus. You
may identify technology models that not only support your desired learning outcomes but that you can easily transfer to your own teaching and
learning context. See Guide 3: Examine Technology Use at Your Institution for help with this process.




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Table 1: Structure Your Findings
Use this table to keep track of viable technologies you identify in your review.

 Technology/Use                          Who’s Doing It and Why           Good Practices/ Lessons Learned      Barriers/Problems




Technology Review Resources: Higher Education
These publications, groups, Web sites, and blogs will help you explore current developments and trends in teaching and learning with technology
across higher education.


Publications
   The Horizon Report
    Each year, the New Media Consortium (NMC) and the EDUCAUSE Learning Initiative (ELI) produce The Horizon Report, which explores
    technologies likely to impact teaching and learning and creative expression in one, three, and five years. The report includes links to additional
    resources. Look for the latest edition of The Horizon Report on the ELI Resources page.

   7 Things You Should Know About...
    The monthly 7 Things You Should Know About... series from ELI provides concise, jargon-free information on emerging learning practices and
    technologies. Each brief focuses on a single practice or technology and describes what it is, where it is going, and why it matters to teaching
    and learning.




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   Innovations & Implementations
    ELI’s Innovations & Implementations case study series highlights innovative teaching, learning, and technology practices in higher education.
    Each piece provides a brief, practical overview of an innovation, focusing on its significance and implementation. You can use Innovations &
    Implementations to explore innovative practices for your institution.

   EDUCAUSE Review
    EDUCAUSE Review is a bimonthly magazine that takes a broad look at current technology developments and trends, what they mean for
    higher education at large, and how they may affect individual institutions.

   eLearn Magazine
    The Association of Computing Machines (ACM), a not-for-profit educational association serving those who work, teach, and learn in the
    various computing-related fields, publishes eLearn Magazine. The magazine presents news, information, and views on online education and
    training. Its Web site also offers a number of public forums focused on the interests of e-learning professionals.

   Campus Technology Newsletters
    Campus Technology’s IT Trends newsletter offers articles on technology developments and issues in higher education as well as product
    reviews and links to related resources. The Smart Classroom newsletter provides articles and product reviews on classroom-based
    technologies for higher education, as well as links to related resources.

   EDUCAUSE Evolving Technologies Committee Reports
    The Evolving Technologies Committee identifies emerging technologies and reports on their impact on higher education in Evolving
    Technologies Reports.


Groups
   The EDUCAUSE Instructional Technologies Constituent Group
    The Instructional Technologies Constituent Group provides a forum for knowledge sharing about instructional technologies. Topics range from
    learner-centered principles to technology selection.

   The EDUCAUSE Handheld and Mobile Computing Constituent Group
    The Handheld and Mobile Computing Constituent Group explores the use of handheld computers and personal digital assistants (PDA) in
    teaching, learning, and administration. Topics include hardware, applications, wireless and mobile connectivity, Web services, support issues,
    and security.

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Web Sites
   ELI’s Emerging Technologies and Practices Web Page
    ELI’s Emerging Technologies and Practices page provides links to articles, presentations, and Web sites that focus on emerging technologies
    and their application to teaching and learning.

   JISC e-Learning Focus
    The Joint Information Systems Committee (JISC) supports research, development, and use of technology in the United Kingdom’s
    postsecondary education sector. The JISC e-Learning Focus site highlights JISC’s focus areas in e-learning pedagogy, innovation,
    infrastructure, and broad-scale implementation. Focus-area pages offer emerging technology resources that include analyses, case studies,
    practice guides, and tools.

   New Media Consortium (NMC)
    NMC is a consortium of 200 colleges, universities, and organizations dedicated to the exploration and use of new media and new
    technologies. On the NMC Web site, you will find links to the consortium’s projects and initiatives, including the Emerging Technologies
    Initiative that supports development of the annual Horizon Report.

   Association for Computing Machinery (ACM)
    The ACM focuses on both the science and profession of computing. It offers an online library as well as publications, conferences, and career
    resources.

   The Chronicle of Higher Education—Information Technology
    The Chronicle’s IT Web page provides links to recent articles on technology developments and issues. It also includes links to special
    supplements on IT and teaching and learning with technology, as well as the Wired Campus blog and its related daily newsletter.

   Campus-Technology.com
    The companion Web site to the monthly Campus Technology print magazine, Campus-Technology.com offers articles, editorials, and reviews
    on the use of technology in higher education, many sponsored by leading technology companies.




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Blogs
   Stephen’s Web
    A senior researcher for Canada’s National Research Council, Stephen Downes covers the latest developments in teaching and learning with
    technology via Stephen’s Web. His online learning newsletter, OLDaily, is also available from this site.

   CogDogBlog.com
    Produced by Alan Levine, director of technology resources and member services for the New Media Consortium (NMC), CogDogBlog.com
    highlights issues and developments in instructional technology as well as “cool technology” in general.

   Elearnspace
    George Siemens, an instructor at Canada’s Red River College and founder and president of Complexive Systems, Inc., maintains elearnspace
    as a blog for exploring “e-learning, knowledge management, networks, technology, and community.”

   EdTechPost
    A blog on “technologies for learning, thinking, and collaborating,” EdTechPost is produced by educational technology researcher and emerging
    technology analyst Scott Leslie. He addresses a wide range of technology developments, with particular interests in course management
    systems, e-learning standards, and learning objects.


Technology Review Resources: General
Since many innovative teaching and learning technologies first emerge in the business, consumer, or K–12 spaces, you may find it useful to
review these information sources as well.

Publications
   Viewpoint and Vision
    The United Kingdom’s Futurelab, a teaching, learning, and technology research institute, provides articles on “how new technologies can
    support learning in a changing world” via its Viewpoint page. From there, you can also access Futurelab’s biannual magazine Vision, which
    explores “the future of learning with digital technologies.”




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   Wired
    Wired is a monthly magazine that highlights the latest in technology and technology-related industries. In addition to providing information
    about emerging technologies, it publishes essays by thought leaders on technology’s current and future impacts on society, culture, the
    economy, and education. This site provides free access to each month’s articles.

   Wired Gadget Lab Newsletter Archive
    Wired Gadget Lab is a weekly newsletter that reviews and rates new technology products from computers to audio-video equipment to mobile
    computing and telecommunications devices. The newsletter archive provides access to these reviews from 2003 to the present. You can also
    sign up for the newsletter at this location.


Web Sites
   Futurelab
    Originally part of the United Kingdom’s National Endowment for Science, Technology, and the Arts (NESTA), Futurelab is a nonprofit research
    institute dedicated to teaching and learning innovation through technology. Its site includes a showcase of current and past Futurelab projects
    and research on teaching, learning, and technology innovation.

   Technology Review.com
    The companion Web site to MIT’s Technology Review magazine, Technology Review.com provides access to articles and forums on
    emerging technologies across biotechnology, health care, business, computing, and telecommunications.

   T.H.E. Journal.com
    The companion Web site to the print publication, T.H.E. Journal.com reviews the latest news and developments in teaching and learning with
    technology at the K–12 level. Areas covered include wireless technology and e-learning.

   Wired News
    Wired News offers daily articles on emerging technologies and related cultural, social, political, and economic issues. It also provides access
    to related blogs and podcasts.

   CNET.com
    As a comprehensive technology Web site, CNET.com provides news stories, reviews, and ratings on a broad spectrum of emerging
    technologies, including computing, telecommunications, audio-video, global positioning system (GPS) devices, and mobile technologies.


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Blogs
   Gizmodo
    Billed as “The Gadgets Weblog,” Gizmodo offers daily articles on emerging technologies in a variety of areas: computers, cell phones, mobile
    devices, and so on.

   Engadget
    Engadget offers daily postings on new consumer technology products and gadgetry.

   The Social Software Weblog
    As the title indicates, The Social Software Weblog focuses on the latest news and developments in social software, including the use of such
    applications and the communities that develop around them.




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